The Global Children’s Challenge

4KM and 4KJ are currently on holidays.

Just before the term break, the Global Children’s Challenge was launched. We are taking part in this event along with other grades at Leopold Primary School and classes worldwide.

What is the Global Children’s Challenge?

The Global Children’s Challenge aims to help students learn about the importance of health and fitness. Classes join up, receive pedometers and track how many steps they take every day throughout the challenge. The students’ daily steps in the “real” world takes them on an online web-based journey throughout different countries of the world.

Who can participate?

Primary/elementary school classes (Grades 4 – 6) from around the world.

How long does it run for?

The event goes for 50 days, beginning on Wednesday 19th September and finishing on Wednesday 7th November.

How does it work?

1. Teachers sign their class up online to join the challenge.

2. Students receive a pedometer to wear each day and a recording booklet. A pedometer measures how many steps you take.

3. Each day, students record their step count in their booklets. These steps are also recorded on the Global Children’s Challenge website and the average steps taken per day (per class) is calculated.

4. Classes compare their performances with other grades on the leaderboard.

5. On the Global Children’s Challenge website, students can explore over 50 destinations across the world and learn about geography, history and different cultures.

Watch this video to learn more about the Global Children’s Challenge

Over the holidays the students in 4KM and 4KJ are recording their daily step count. When school goes back on Monday 8th October, we will collate the results and see how active everyone was!


Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan would love to see the 4KM and 4KJ students replying to comments over the holiday break!


How is the Global Children’s Challenge going for 4KM and 4KJ students?

What is your highest step count so far?

What do you like about this challenge?

What do you enjoy doing to keep fit?

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Natural Disasters Projects

This term, all Grade Four students at Leopold Primary School have been studying the topic, Natural Disasters.

Over the past couple of weeks, the students have been busy working on a Dynamic Assessment Task (D.A.T). This is a special project which demonstrates what students have learnt in a fun and interesting way.

4KM and 4KJ’s D.A.T consisted of four tasks:

1. Creating an an informative PowerPoint presentation (with a partner) about a specific natural disaster.

2. Making a model at home to represent their chosen natural disaster.

3. Presenting their PowerPoint and model to the class.

4. Sharing their projects with all other Grade Four students in our Natural Disasters Expo.


Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan worked with the students to make some PowerPoint tips. Here are some of our recommendations when creating a PowerPoint:

* Dot points to show key facts or information are better than large paragraphs. As teacher, Silvia Tolisano says, the “audience is there to listen to you, not to read your slides”.

* Pictures tell a thousand words. Use images to make your presentation interesting and memorable.

* Text should be easy to read and backgrounds should be simple.

* Include a slide of references to show where you got your information from.

* When using images or pictures, use Creative Commons images and include an attributions slide to show where the pictures came from.


The students all did a fabulous job creating PowerPoint presentations. Here are four examples for you to read and enjoy.


Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan were so impressed with the effort the students put in at home with their models. Look at all of the wonderful creations!


What did you think of our projects?

Have you ever completed a special project?

Do you have any tips for using PowerPoint?

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The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Yesterday Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris travelled to Hisense Arena in Melbourne to see the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.

Miss Jordan won the tickets at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards back in May, when Mrs Morris won her teaching award.

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular is one of the largest performances in Australia. It has been running since 1995 and this year’s event featured nearly 3000 school students. The three hour show included a variety of performances, including dance, vocal, choir, orchestra, drama and acrobatics.

Here we are before the show

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris were so impressed with the amazing performances! It was wonderful to see the variety of talent in Victorian primary and secondary schools.

All Victorian government school students are eligible to audtion for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Check out the website for more information about the event.

Congratulations to all of the students involved, it was a truly spectacular show!

Have you ever been to a live performance?

Have you performed in front of a large audience?

What kind of performance would you like to do at the State School Spectacular?

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Spring is here, and Happy Father’s Day!

Today, Saturday 1st September, is the first day of spring in Australia.

After a cold and wet winter in Victoria, we are all looking forward to the start of a new season. In fact, Geelong has had its wettest winter in nearly 30 years! Spring lasts for three months; September, October and November.

Does this image remind you of spring?

Image: ‘Early April in Georgia’s Callaway Gardens


The first Sunday in September, which is tomorrow, also marks a special day. It is Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is a day where we thank and celebrate our fantastic dads.

Lots of students have special plans to celebrate Father’s Day and I am sure all of the 4KM and 4KJ dads will enjoy the day with their families.


What do you enjoy about spring?

How are you celebrating Father’s Day?

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Grade Four Maths Games Day

Today was an exciting day for all the grade fours. Our maths co-ordinator, Ms Nada Williams, organised a fabulous day of mathematical madness.

Ms Williams had 13 student leaders from grade four to help her organise the Maths Games Day.

The Maths Games Day was held in the LINC (gym) from 9:30am until 3:15pm. There were three main parts to the day – problem solving, strategy games and physical games. Students worked in teams of four and there were some mathematical prizes up for grabs.

Here is the schedule for the day…

We were inspired by the work Mr Avery does with time lapse photography/videos. We decided to film the first four hours of the maths day and speed it up to make a “time lapse” or “fast forward” video. We hope you enjoy seeing our day in just over three minutes!

Thank you to Ms Williams and leaders for organising a terrific day of fun and learning!

What did you think about the Maths Game Day? What did you enjoy? Was there anything you’d change?

What’s your favourite area of mathematics?

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The Olympics Have Come To An End

After sixteen days of competition, the 2012 London Olympics have come to an end.

Athletes from the 205 competing nations celebrated the Games with an elaborate Closing Ceremony.

Australia finished in tenth position, with 35 medals, including seven gold. Here was the final medal tally:

What was your favourite Australian gold medal moment? Take our poll!

Everyone in 4KM and 4KJ are very proud of the Australian athletes! We all enjoyed watching the Olympics on television and look forward to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What was your favourite moment from the 2012 Olympic Games?

How have the Olympic Games inspired you?

Do you know anything about the 2016 Olympic host city, Rio de Janeirio?

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Maldon Camp

We have just had a fantastic three days at our

On Monday 30th July, 4KM and 4KJ boarded the bus, full of excitement about what was ahead. After three hours, we arrived at the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth Camp in Maldon, in central Victoria.

Maldon is a small country town, with a population of 1500. It is about 175km from Leopold. Maldon is in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields and the town has preserved a lot of its authentic historical appearance.

Here is the route we took from Leopold to Maldon.

Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp units and meal times in the dining hall was lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp and we also ventured into and around town for some bike rides and exploring.

Here is an itinerary of our time in Maldon. (Tip – click on the full screen button at the bottom right hand corner).


Here are the photos from our camp. Enjoy!

We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences. We improved our bike riding skills and learnt lots of interesting facts about Maldon during the three day adventure!

A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Paul, Scott, Sandi and Min for joining us on camp!

What did you enjoy most about our Maldon camp?

Have you ever been on a school camp before?

If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you go?

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Family Blogging Month Winners Announced!

During May, the students in 4KM and 4KJ have been trying hard to get all their families and friends involved in our class blog.

We had a competition called May is Family Blogging Month where we used a chart to record how many comments we were receiving from the students’ families and friends.

It was fantastic that we had lots of mums, dads, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and family friends comment on our blog!

Today is the last day of May so the winners were announced. Congratulations…

Sophie and Becky each won a $30 voucher for Godfathers on Leopold Pizza and Pasta Restaurant and some lollies and chocolate for dessert!

We had around 800 comments on our blog during May. Wow!

Now that the competition is over, we still hope that many friends and families of the students in 4KM and 4KJ will continue to visit our blog regularly!

We would like to say a BIG thank you to Godfathers Restaurant in Leopold for kindly donating the two vouchers. Sophie and Becky will enjoy a delicious dinner with their families to celebrate!

What did you think about our “May is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Do you have any ideas for other challenges we could have later in the year?

What is your favourite type of pizza or pasta?

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Three Cheers for Mrs Morris!

Last night was the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards held at Crown, in Melbourne, Victoria.

The VEEA showcases a variety of outstanding achievements by teachers, leaders and education support officers in Victorian Government schools. It is a very prestigous event and even being nominated is a special achievement.

for winning the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year!
What an amazing achievement!

 Here’s how the night unfolded…

Excitement was high as Mrs Morris, her husband, Nate, sister, Jo, mum, Ann and Miss Jordan travelled to Melbourne to attend the awards. The Palladium room at Crown is a very special venue and there were over 700 people at the event.

It was terrific that our principal, Ms Rollinson, was invited to the awards and she was sitting at our table with some other Geelong nominees.

Throughout the evening, the Minister for Education presented different awards. You can see the categories for the awards here. After our entree and main course, the moment we had been waiting for finally arrived. The nominees for the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year award were named and Mrs Morris was announced the winner!

Mrs Morris made her way to the stage to answer some questions and receive her framed certificate. Later on she was photographed with the other award winners.

Mrs Morris is using her $10,000 prize to present at the ISTE conference in San Diego, USA. She will present with our blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis! Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, will learn so much at this big conference and Mrs Morris can’t wait to meet many other blogging buddies around the USA. She also plans to use her prize money to help other schools get involved in blogging and global collaboration.

Here are some photos of the night.

What a fantastic achievement for Mrs Morris! We are so proud of you!

Check out the thoughtful posts by former students BB, Rhiannon and Jarrod.

4KM students have their photo in Friday’s edition of the Geelong Advertiser here

What do you think of Mrs Morris achievement?

Have you ever won a special award?

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Skyping With Sophie From The Block!

This week, 4KM and 4KJ were surprised and excited to learn that Miss Hannan, who is a student teacher in 4KJ at the moment, is related to someone special. Her sister is Sophie, from The Block!

The Block is a popular television show in Australia. It features four couples who have to renovate very old, rundown adjacent townhouses in Melbourne, Victoria. They have just ten weeks to complete a full house renovation! Sophie is on the show with her husband, Dale.

Dale and Sophie, from The Block.

They have a specific budget, they compete in challenges for extra prizes and there are strict building regulations they have to comply with.

Each week the couples have to renovate and decorate one room and there is a prize for the winning room. Once the houses are complete, they go to auction, live on television.

It is currently the fourth week of The Block on television, but the filming finished up earlier in the year. Check out Sophie and Dale’s house so far!

Sophie is a teacher, and she is currently teaching a Grade 5/6 class at Stonnington Primary School. She kindly gave up some of her time this afternoon to skype with us!

Many students had questions for Sophie and we skyped with her for about 25 minutes.

Here is a transcript of the questions and answers.



Let’s get behind Sophie and Dale by voting for them in The Block’s Suzuki competition! Click here to vote for Sophie and Dale as the “best sports” on The Block. If they get the most votes, they’ll win a Suzuki Swift Sport car! You’ll go in the draw to win a new car too! Students – please ask your parents to vote for you.


A very big thank you to Sophie for skyping with us today. It was a highlight of the year so far for the students!

What did you enjoy about skyping with Sophie?

Would you like to go on The Block?

If you were renovating a house, what would you do?

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